Ignatius chewed with a blissful savagery, studying the scar on the man’s nose and listening to his whistling. “Do I hear a strain from Scarlatti?” Ignatius asked finally. “I thought I was whistling ‘Turkey in the Straw.’” “I had hoped that you might be familiar with Scarlatti’s work. He was the last of the musicians,” […]
There’s a myth, in the popular imagination, that classical music is higher, better and more exalted than much of the rest of life. This extends to the idea that classical musicians must be on the side of the good and true and right. And when they fail to deliver on this promise, reactions range from […]
This past Friday, I saw the venerable new music juggernauts, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, perform works from their most recent release. The more general Bang on a Can collective (sans the all-stars) was started over 25 years ago by composers David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe with the noble pursuit to create […]
The collected score of one of the first multimedia events of its kind, featuring ceiling projections and antiphonal audio playback.
From the moment of conception, we begin compiling playlists for our funerals. My grandmother’s is slated to be a multi-day lollapalooza. As you can probably guess, this post is about how sounds play to our emotions. Think back to your most visceral art experiences–a spontaneous concert or a midnight showing. Can you remember an instance […]
Prosed-out thoughts on the Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin‘s performance at LOC last Thursday… I love the ’90s… Takács blend, but not like pre- concert smoothie. Hamelin: no hair but substantive flair. Classical music is alive and dying. Not tonight, though. All good seats this house has, right back-row Yoda? Sometimes English syntax doesn’t do music justice, and music deserves justice. […]
German-born British composer Max Richter’s re- (or de) composed Four Seasons by beloved red head Antonio Vivaldi. In this reworking, the Möbius sequences of Vivaldi and Bach meet the static harmony of minimalist composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich. If you enjoy hearing classic works from a fresh perspective, listen to the other “recomposed” works from […]
Alex Ross summarizes the structural problem ailing contemporary classical music: Wouldn’t it be great if the media were covering significant new works by living composers, instead of reporting the discovery of an exceedingly minor piece by Beethoven? As an aside, wouldn’t it also be great if we could all just get along… Minnesota Orchestra violist Sam Bergman and his brothers […]